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For God and GlobeChristian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War$
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Michael G. Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452727

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.001.0001

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The Dulles Commission, the UN, and the Americanization of Christian Internationalism

The Dulles Commission, the UN, and the Americanization of Christian Internationalism

(p.167) Chapter 7 The Dulles Commission, the UN, and the Americanization of Christian Internationalism
For God and Globe

Michael G. Thompson

Cornell University Press

This chapter tracks the work of one of the most politically influential instruments of 1940s Christian internationalism, the Federal Council of Churches' Commission on a Just and Durable Peace. It locates the roots of the commission in the post-Oxford ecumenical network, highlighting the way ecumenical Protestants sought to base their advocacy of a new American internationalism on the norms agreed upon at the recent world conference. Focusing on John Foster Dulles's leadership of the commission, though, the chapter explores how Dulles reconstituted Christian internationalism over time—Americanizing it in the process. As Dulles instrumentalized churches in the service of the nation, his internationalism began to appear more like the messianic nationalism he and his colleagues had spent their energies opposing.

Keywords:   Christian internationalism, Federal Council of Churches' Commission, ecumenical Protestants, American internationalism, John Foster Dulles, messianic nationalism, peace

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